Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present

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Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002). Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Point Dume, 1987. Gelatin silver photograph, 15 x 11 in. (38.1 x 27.9 cm). © Herb Ritts Foundation/Trunk Archive

Appropriately timed as the 2016 Summer Olympics are about to kick off, the Brooklyn Museum presents Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present.

Featuring works from over 170 photographers, including the likes of Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, David Burnett and Herb Ritts, Who Shot Sports focuses on the incredible ability of these artists to capture some of the most fleeting yet paramount moments in history. The exhibit surveys the breadth of sports photography, highlighting subjects both on and off the field and featuring works from the beginnings of photography in daguerreotypes and salted paper prints to modern day digital images.

Be sure to check out Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present on view now through January 2017 at the Brooklyn Museum Wednesdays through Sundays. 

Serena

Bob Martin (British, born 1959). Serena, 2004, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 8 1/2 x 12 7/8 in. (21.6 x 32.8cm). Courtesy Bob Martin

The Golden Arm, Johnny Unitas

Robert Riger (American, 1924-1995). The Golden Arm, Johnny Unitas, 1958. Gelatin silver print, 12 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. *32.4 x 46.4 cm). Collection of the artist. © Rober Riger. Courtesy of the Roberg Riger Living Trust

Men's Beach Volleyball match between Brazil and Canada, London Olympics, The Horse Guards Parade ground, London

Donald Miralle (American, born 1974). Men's Beach Volleyball match between Brazil and Canada, London Olympics, The Horse Guards Parade ground, London, 2012. Archival inkjet print, 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm). Leucadia Photoworks Gallery, courtesy of the artist

Nigerian Relay Team, Olympics Barcelona

Jules Beau (French, 1864-1932). Major Taylor in the Collection Jules Beau, Photographie Sportive, 1906-1907. Aristotype on paper, 9 13/16 x 13 3/8 in. (25 x 34 cm). Bibliotheque Nationale de France